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Announcing the 2016 Pioneer Day Guest Artists

This year’s Pioneer Day concert guests are one of the Choir’s most popular guest artists, having performed in the 2007 Christmas concerts, four Cultural Olympiad concerts held in the Tabernacle during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and numerous Music and the Spoken Word appearances. We are pleased to announce the King’s Singers as our special guests.

The King’s Singers, England’s six-man a cappella vocal ensemble, is acclaimed worldwide for its virtuosity, energy, and charm. The group is also in global demand, touring regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australasia. Double Grammy® Award-winning artists, the group was honored in 2009 for its Signum Classics release Simple Gifts and again in 2012 for its contribution to Eric Whitacre’s Light and Gold album on Universal/Decca.

The concerts, “Music for a Summer Evening,” will be held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. The concert will be live streamed on MoTab.org at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. It will also be carried live over the Church satellite system and aired on BYU Television, both on that same date and time.

These summer concerts featuring music by the Choir and Orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included Laura Osnes (2015), Santino Fontana (2014), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), Katherine Jenkins (2012), and Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2011). Prior concerts have been filmed and later rebroadcast on BYU Television. The summer concert of 2012 with Katherine Jenkins won for the Choir its second Emmy Award. (The Choir has since added a third Emmy Award for its Tanner Gift of Music concert with James Taylor.)

Free tickets for these concerts are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on June 7 at noon at lds.org/events, by calling 801-570-0080, or at the Conference Center ticket office. Admission to this event is limited to those ages eight and older.

Standby tickets for those without tickets will not be issued. However, patrons are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening.The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

No tickets are required for the Sunday, July 24, Music and the Spoken Word broadcast, which will be held in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.

Watch the King's Singers perform "Steal Away," from their March 1, 2015, appearance on Music and the Spoken Word.